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I’m gonna wrap myself in paper….

Posted Nov 21 2008 3:07pm

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is a week and a half away!  I guess winter really is on the way now.  I’m giving in and switching all my summer clothes (in my closet) out for winter clothes later today.  :)

I knew the holidays were approaching when I started getting emails from the Black Friday ad websites.  Although I haven’t actually gone out to stores on Black Friday in years, I still like to keep tabs on what stores are putting on sale, what good “steals” people have scored, etc.  If I shop at all on Black Friday or the weekend after Thanksgiving, it’s usually online.

It reminded me of something I keep meaning to post though.  This actually applies more to the after-Christmas sales, but some stores might have Christmas wrapping paper on sale for Black Friday so I thought I’d write this NOW before I forget.

Last year we hit the after-Christmas sales and scored some great deals on things like Christmas cards and wrapping paper.  When the first gift-giving holiday after Christmas rolled around (Mother’s Day, since the birthdays here don’t start until June), I realized I had no non-birthday wrapping paper to wrap my mom’s gift.  I thought, “Well, let me check the Christmas paper” and voila!  There were two non-Christmassy rolls of wrapping paper there, perfect for wrapping gifts all year long.  One is kind of a tan and green plaid pattern, vaguely masculine and perfect for guy birthdays and Father’s Day, as well as my plaid-loving daughter…so it actually works for all the gifts around here!  The other paper was maroon/burgundy with lighter stripes, kind of pinstriped.  On top of the versatile patterns, this paper is THICK and really good quality.  And it was on clearance for 75% off, so I paid probably $1 for this massively huge roll of wrapping paper!

So my tip of the day is:  check those sales (Black Friday and after Christmas) for wrapping paper that isn’t obviously a holiday or Christmas pattern.  It’s a great, cheap alternative to those $3.99 rolls of thin birthday wrapping paper that wrap one or maybe two gifts.  Score!

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